Four Star Prospect Now A QB

It's been a big off-season for four star prospect Tanner McEvoy. Not only is he sorting through nearly 20 offers, but he's also looking to make a positional change that will impact the way he evaluates those different opportunities.

"I have 19 offers and am in the process of cutting the list down before the season starts," said Tanner McEvoy. "In no particular order the offers are from Rutgers, Boston College, Pitt, WVA, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, UNC, South Carolina, Duke, NC St, VA, Maryland, East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Minnesota, Cincinatti, Louisville. I still hear from many other schools including Alabama and Florida a few times a week."

Of those offers McEvoy has removed Maryland, Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Virginia from consideration, but knows that the next round of cuts will be a bit tougher.

"There are so many great schools that have offered and they all have a lot of positives going for them. That makes it difficult to pick any leaders at this point."

Of course the 6-foot-5, 215 pound New Jersey native will have a good amount of time to make the necessary cuts as a decision won't be coming until after he completes his senior season for Bergen Catholic.

There have been a number of changes in the recruiting process for McEvoy over the last year. In addition to the offers beginning to pile up, the four star prospect has made a positional switch from wide receiver to quarterback, and he's gotten a new coach.

"We have a lot going on with our team this year. We have a new head coach, Nunzio Campanile who came to us from Don Bosco where he was the offensive coordinator. This is his first year as head coach and he has brought a lot of excitement to our program. He is an excellent quarterback coach and has helped me tremendously. I will be playing quarterback this year and I'm hoping I do really well because it is a position I would like to play in college."

"Several schools are now recruiting me as quarterback so as the season goes on, it will get interesting. It is hard to say what I would do over again because everything I have done so far has made me a well rounded player. Our team has been very busy this summer playing several 7 on 7 tournaments and doing very well in them."

One of the schools recruiting McEvoy as a signal caller is Duke where head coach David Cutcliffe's resume is something that is usually appealing to most prep quarterbacks looking to decide on college. McEvoy appears to be no different.

"Duke is a very interesting offer for me. They offered me on September 1st and they were the first to offer me as quarterback. Coach Cutcliffe has a very impressive resume with coaching quarterbacks. I am relatively new to the position so I want a coach who will teach me and help me to improve everyday."

"I took a visit to the school in February and it is a beautiful school with great alumni. Learning from one of the best quarterback coaches out there is appealing. Plus, I was happy to hear about the academic support they give to their athletes. It is such a strong academic school I was concerned about how the players keep up with their school work."

"I have visited most of the schools that have offered me and got a chance to see the first day of spring practice at Duke. The coaches took me around campus, we had dinner together with the coaches and players after practice and learned a lot about the program. It was a beautiful school and a hard working football team."

One thing the Blue Devil staff has done with their approach is to refrain from overtly pressuring McEvoy to decide. The more relaxed approach is something that's been well-received.

"Duke's approach has been relatively subtle which I appreciate. I get hand written letters and some emails from the coaches. I don't know the coaches all that well but once they are allowed to call me, I will get to know them better."

The subtlety of the Duke approach appears to be lost on other programs, however. There are some memorable recruiting tactics with every prospect, and McEvoy remembers one that didn't hit home with either he or his parents.

"Schools are constantly sending mail promoting everything about their school that is important. Once a school sent a letter talking about how their tailgaters are crazy and that the parties start days before the actual game. In the same letter they bragged about having the prettiest girls. My Mom did not save that letter."

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